Jewel supporting sweatshops?

Jewel Holiday Album (title TBA)

Jewel hits New Zealand airport in a flash

Jewel Plans Second Book

You Were Meant for Film

Jewel receives American Music Award nominations

Jewel nominated for the People's Choice Awards

Jewel Kicks Off Superbowl

Details of Lilith Fair special finalized

Lilith Fair Pay-Per-View Special Set For November 28

Jewel To Rock In Hard Places

$2 Million dollar book deal surprises industry

Jewel Polishes Movie Plans

Jamiroquai, Beck Big Winners At MTV Video Music Awards

Lilith Fair live album due

Lilith Fair TV special to air on CBC

Mick Fleetwood Compiles Rumours Tribute Album

July 5, George Lilith Fair Review

Jewel named Seventeen Magazine's "Solo Artist of the Year"

Blockbuster Previews Jewel

VH1 Pop-Up Video transcription to YWMFM

Jewel kicks off Hard Rock Live Special

Bejeweled

Flea Discusses Working With Jewel

Rock Stars In Cable Battle With TCI


Jewel Holiday Album (title TBA)

The 25-year old Jewel has been acclaimed as one of the most gifted and accomplished artists in popular music today. Her 1995 ebut album, PIECES OF YOU, spent a remarkable 114 weeks on the Billboard 200, where it reached the #4 spot on the chart. Recently certified nine-times platinum by the RIAA, the album includes hit singles "You Were Meant For Me," "Who Will Save Your Soul," and "Foolish Games." SPIRIT, Jewel's second album, was released by Atlantic in November 1998 and amde its debut at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album, which features the hit singles "Hands," and "Down So Long," has been certified RIAA triple-platinum and is about to hit the four million mark in U.S. sales. Jewel brings even a little more joy to the world with her all-new Christmas collection. Produced by the legendary Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, & Chaka Khan) the holiday set features the singer performing such seasonal favorites as "Silent Night," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "Winter Wonderland," as well as a new Christmas-themed version of her recent hit, "Hands." In addition, it includes an inspirational rendition of "Ave Maria" along with a stunning "Gospel Medley," which encompasses the spiritual standard "Go Tell It On The Mountain," the singer's own "Life Uncommon," and the Bette Midler staple, "From a Distance."

A soon-to-be perennial holiday favorite, Jewel's latest is jus the thing to get you into the spirit.

Tracks:
Hands (Christmas version)
Silent Night
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Joy to the World
O Holy Night
Gospel Medley
-Go Tell It To The Mountain
-Life Uncommon
-From A Distance
Ave Maria
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Winter Wonderland
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Face Of Love
Latin Song
I Wonder As I Wander

Press/TV:
Numerous high profile network television appearances to support release, "Sessions on W. 54th Street" Jewel Christmas Special on PBS in December


March 22, 1999

New Zealand Press: Jewel bolts into Christchurch

A grumpy minder attempts to stop the photographer from taking a picture of Jewel arriving at Christchurch Airport.

Blonde Alaskan hurricane Jewel's arrival at Christchurch Airport was a whirlwind appearance.

The petite poet and performer barely stopped to sign a few autographs yesterday before being whisked away in a waiting van.

The star brushed aside a pre-arranged photo stop with The Press, and members of Jewel's entourage blocked access to the singer.

Jo Dodgson had her camera pushed aside when she tried to capture the moment her daughter Phillipa met Jewel.

The pair had been waiting for Jewel to sign a CD cover, and were excited about the star's arrival. Phillipa knew all the songs on both of Jewel's CDs -- Pieces of You and Spirit. "She didn't say anything but she smiled and wrote me some autographs," she said afterwards.

"I can't wait for the concert. Me and my friend are third row from the front and we're really getting excited now. Jewel is so pretty and such a fab singer," she said.

After her concert tonight at the Christchurch Town Hall Jewel will jet off to tour Asia, Europe, and America.


October 7, 1998, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Jewel Plans Second Book

Following the success of Jewel's book of poetry, "A Night Without Armor," publisher HarperCollins has contracted the Atlantic artist to put together a second title, likely a scrapbook of photographs, diary entries, and mementos. Jewel tells Billboard Bulletin that the book may also contain short stories. No release date has been set for the project, according to the publisher.

"A Night Without Armor" rocketed to the top 10 of The New York Times' nonfiction list this summer and is now in its 15th printing. Jewel's second album, "Spirit," is due Nov. 17.

--Chuck Taylor, N.Y, Billboard


Jewel's SPIRIT Set To Soar

Atlantic Release: Oct 9, 1998

SPIRIT, the highly-anticipated second album from Jewel, will be released November 17th. The album is the acclaimed singer-songwriter's first new release since her multi-platinum 1995 debut, PIECES OF YOU. All thirteen songs on the album were written by Jewel with the exception of the first single, 'Hands,' which was co-written with producer Patrick Leonard (best known for his work with Madonna). 'Hands' is already being played by radio stations nationwide, having received 1,800 spins in less than a week. SPIRIT was recorded earlier this year at Groove Masters in Santa Monica, CA, and at Oceanway Studios in Hollywood. The album sees Jewel accompanied by a core group of both session musicians and fellow singer/songwriters. Among them are Jude Cole on acoustic guitar, Ednaswap bassist Paul Bushnell (meredith Brooks, Mary Lou Lord, Cleine Dion), vetran Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist Luis Conte (Madonna, Lyle Lovett, the Corrs), and drummer Brian Macleod (Wire Train, Sheryl Crow). Other musicians appearing on SPIRIT include pedal steel guitarist Marty Rifkin (Victoria Williams. Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakum), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and gutarists Josh Clayton (ex-School of Fish) and James Harrah (Vonda Shepard, John Prine, Wilson Phillips) as well as Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea, who performs on 'Barcelona.'

'I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this record and what I wanted it to do to people,' Jewel recently told Billboard. 'I wanted to write a record that was the antidote to all the things which made me worry in the world, so that it's comforting somehow.'

The Holland release of the Hands single cd contains 3 tracks : Hands, Innocence maintained and (stranger) Enter from the East" (acoustically).

You Were Meant for Film

Jewel keeps up with the boys in her movie debut, says co-star (and Leo pal) Tobey Maguire by Sandra P. Angulo

Jewel's new album, "Spirit," doesn't hit stores until November 17, but the singer is already winning rave reviews -- for her acting. She teams with a testosterone-heavy ensemble in the recently completed Civil War drama "Ride With the Devil," written and directed by "The Ice Storm" creators James Schamus and Ang Lee (due out next Spring). Tobey Maguire, Jewel's co-star in "Ride" (along with Skeet Ulrich and eight fellow frat-packers) tells EW Online that it must have been frightening for Jewel to be the main female on the set. "She came into a situation with 10 guys who've been acting for a while and who act for a living, and meanwhile it's her second (or third) profession," he says. "I think she was really scared, but she handled it."

Maguire, whose much-anticipated "Pleasantville" opens on Oct. 23, says the best-selling singer and poet might have a future on the big screen: "She really came into her own by the last couple of scenes. She was finding her place and feeling more comfortable. By the end, you could call the movie 'Ten Guys and Jewel.'"


Jewel receives American Music Award nominations

The AMA show will be live from Los Angeles on ABC, January 26th at 8pm EST.

Favorite Male Artist: Babyface, Beck, Puff Daddy

Favorite Female Artist: Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Jewel

Favorite Band, Duo, Group: Spice Girls, U2, Wallflowers

Favorite Album: Pieces of You, Jewel; Yourself or Someone Like You, matchbox 20; Spice, Spice Girls; Bringing Down the Horse, Wallflowers

Favorite New Artist: matchbox 20, Spice Girls, Wallflowers


Jewel nominated for the 24th Annual People's Choice Awards this year.

Jewel, Elton John, and Will Smith are among the celebs nominated for the 24th Annual People's Choice Awards this year. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on CBS television from Santa Monica, California on Jan. 11.

Jewel is nominated in the Favorite Female Musical Performer category, alongside pop diva Whitney Houston and country star Reba McEntire. Elton John is up against two country greats, Garth Brooks and George Strait, for the Favorite Male Musical Performer award; and Will Smith's acting prowess landed him a nom for Favorite Motion Picture Actor. The rest of the awards are non-musical for television and film work.

The winners are voted for by approximately 211 million fans via a nationwide poll conducted by The Gallup Organization.


Jewel Kicks Off Superbowl; Boys II Men Play Halftime Show

The NFL has tapped Jewel for its first-string Super Bowl team. The Alaskan native will perform "The Star Spangled Banner" for the January 25 event at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. "I am looking forward to performing at the Superbowl in January," the singer said in a statement. "San Diego has been my home for the past five years, and it's exciting that the Super Bowl is coming back here for the first time in a decade." The gig puts her in some exclusive company, including Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks, and last year's "Banner" performer, Luther Vandross.

Super Bowl XXXI's half-time show will feature a tribute to Motown's fortieth anniversary. The label's Boyz II Men will headline, followed by golden oldies Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Tops. It appears that previous reports placing Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, or Michael Jackson on the field were premature. In any case, the half-time show will be a welcome relief from last year's lip-synching Blues Brothers disaster.


Details of Lilith Fair special finalized

By JOHN SAKAMOTO -- Executive Producer, Jam! Showbiz

CBC-TV has confirmed additional details about their upcoming broadcast of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair special.

The one-hour show -- filmed mostly over two nights this August at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto -- is titled "Lilith Fair: Sarah McLachlan And Friends". As previously reported here, the special will air on Friday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m.

Newly confirmed is the list of performances to be featured. The finalized 10-song lineup will include four numbers by McLachlan, and will run like this:

1. "Angel" (Sarah McLachlan)
2. "Deep Water" (Jewel)
3. "The Water Is Wide" (Indigo Girls with Sarah and Jewel)
4. "Sunny Came Home" (Shawn Colvin)
5. "Bitch" (Meredith Brooks)
6. "Ice Cream" (Sarah McLachlan)
7. "I Shall Believe" (Sheryl Crow)
8. "Building A Mystery" (Sarah McLachlan)
9. "Posession" (Sarah McLachlan)
10. "Closer To Fine" (ensemble)

Meanwhile, whether Canadian viewers will get to see the expanded, two-hour pay-per-view version of CBC's special is still up in the air. As of Wednesday morning, Viewer's Choice in Canada still did not know if they would be making the event available here.


Lilith Fair Pay-Per-View Special Set For November 28

04:38 p.m Nov 06, 1997 Eastern

NEW YORK and NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers of North America's top-grossing festival tour, Lilith Fair, announced today that the two-hour concert will air on pay-per-view networks November 28 and will be available to over 35 million potential buyers. Time magazine called the event, filmed in Toronto, Canada, "one of the most exciting events of last summer." Lilith Fair features performances by Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Shawn Colvin, The Indigo Girls and Meredith Brooks. The Lilith Fair Pay-Per-View Event was produced by one of the country's premier music-for-television production companies, High Five Entertainment (Nashville), in association with Brainchild Productions, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Lilith Fair Productions. A portion of the proceeds will benefit RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and LifeBeat, the music industry's not-for-profit AIDS resource and awareness organization.

Rolling Stone Magazine heralds Lilith Fair "the summer's most popular tour." An all-woman musical event launched by singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan, Lilith Fair sold out venues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, Atlanta and Seattle, becoming North America's top-grossing festival tour of 1997 according to Pollstar Magazine.

"The Lilith Fair festival made history by becoming the first successful all women tour. They dominated the music we heard all summer and have broadened the landscape of popular music in this country forever," said Martin Fischer, president of High Five Entertainment. Potential buyers will learn of the concert's availability on PPV as on-air promotions begin in early November.

biore(R) (pore perfect(TM), one of the sponsors of the North American Lilith Fair tour, will also participate as a sponsor of the Lilith Fair PPV event.

The Lilith Fair website is www.Lilithfair.com.


Jewel To Rock In Hard Places

By Julie Taraska / November 4, 1997

Jewel will help celebrate the grand opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Barcelona, Spain, with a live performance Nov. 6 from the city's Tivoli Theater. The show marks Jewel's first concert appearance in Spain, and comes just four days before the Barcelona Hard Rock, located in the city's Ciudad Condal's Plaza de Catalona, officially opens its doors to the public. Jewel's second performance in the country takes place the following day at the Hard Rock in Madrid.


Jewel's $2 Million Memoir

Courtesy of ABC Wall of Sound

The fact that recent celebrity books haven't exactly been flying off the shelves didn't stop HarperCollins from shelling out megabucks for the life story of pop singer Jewel. The New York Post reports that the publisher has agreed to pay the "You Were Meant for Me" chanteuse a whopping $2 million for a chronicle of her twenty-three years on the planet. That works out to about $87,000 a year, for those keeping track, and it's reportedly one of the largest advances ever given to a pop star. Jewel, who has released only one album, grew up in Alaska and for a time lived in her car while awaiting her big break. The advance is only the latest in a string of huge celebrity payouts, most of which have resulted in underperforming works, including Paul Reiser's Babyhood and Jay Leno's Leading With My Chin. HarperCollins hopes that Jewel will appeal to that all-important and fast-growing teen market. In addition to her memoir, which will be released next fall in conjunction with her second album, Jewel will also write a volume of poetry. Look for that to hit shelves next June.


Jewel Polishes Movie Plans

By Chris Petrikin and Adam Dawtrey

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Pop singer Jewel is in advanced talks to make her feature film debut as the female lead in a Civil War drama called "To Live On."

Tobey Maguire is attached to co-star in the $35 million Fox project, and sources say the studio is talking to Matt Damon (Courage Under Fire) for the other lead. Ang Lee (The Ice Storm) will direct.

Jewel will play the love interest of two young men whose lives change during the denouement and aftermath of a year of fierce guerrilla warfare on the Kansas-Missouri border.

Described as "Platoon" in America, it's based on the novel Woe to Live On by David Woodrell. The picture is slated to start shooting in March.

Jewel, whose last name is Kilcher, is currently on tour in Europe. She has made a meteoric rise from Alaskan unknown to recording star. Her 1995 debut album "Pieces of You" has sold more than 5 million copies and has vaulted her to the forefront of the latest wave of successful female singer-songwriters. Now, following in the steps of Madonna, Whitney Houston and Courtney Love, Jewel looks to become the latest musical diva to make the jump to the big screen.


Jamiroquai, Beck Big Winners At MTV Video Music Awards

By Ray Richmond and Gary Levin

NEW YORK (Variety) - British dance band Jamiroquai earned the video of the year award, but rocker Beck earned the most statuettes, taking home five at Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards competition here at Radio City Music Hall.

Beck converted five of his seven nominations to wins, earning best male video and best video editing for his "The Devil's Haircut" vid, and art direction, choreography and direction honors for his video of the tune "The New Pollution."

The five wins were four more than Beck earned last year, when he picked up a solo nod for top male video with his song "Where It's At."

While Jamiroquai had racked up 10 nominations to lead the pack, it converted just four of those to wins at Thursday night's 14th annual ceremony. Those were for vid of the year, special effects, cinematography and breakthrough video for their sensation Virtual Insanity.

The rest of the awards were distributed among nine other acts, none of whom snared more than one.

Notably, Smashing Pumpkins, which dominated last year's MTV Video Music Awards with seven wins, failed to win an award despite four noms.

The death of Princess Diana loomed large over the three-hour musicvid fest. The Spice Girls dedicated both their best dance vid award and a performance to her.

Rapper LL Cool J added Diana to a list of music industry figures whose deaths he noted, and Madonna took aim at the paparazzi.

"I'm not going to rant and rave about the irresponsible behavior of tabloids, but it's time to look at our own insatiable need for gossip and rumors and scandals and lies," she said.

Will Smith pulled in best video from a film title for "Men in Black," while Jewel was voted the female vid award for her "You Were Meant for Me" and No Doubt took the group video gold for "Don't Speak."

The Notorious B.I.G. was honored posthumously for his rap video "Hypnotize," with the Spice Girls snaring the dance video statuette for "Wannabe" and old-time rockers Aerosmith taking home the rock video award for "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)."

Top alternative music video honor went to Sublime for "What I Got," Fiona Apple copped the new artist in a video award for "Sleep to Dream" and Puff Daddy & the Family grabbed the prize for R&B vid for "I'll Be Missing You."

Besides Smashing Pumpkins, the shutouts included Nine Inch Nails (whose "The Perfect Drug" received five nominations) and the Wallflowers (four nominations for its "One Headlight" vid).

The technical awards presentations weren't part of the TV program.

Reuters/Variety


Lilith Fair live album due

Tuesday, September 2, 1997

By KAREN BLISS, Jam! Showbiz

We haven't heard the last of Lilith Fair. Though the wildly successful all-female tour wrapped up last week, its proprietor, Sarah McLachlan, will be sifting through the best performances for inclusion on a Lilith Live album, due in March on her own Temple Records.

"Every single show was recorded and the tapes are brilliant," says George Maniatis, VP of Nettwerk Records, which will distribute the album. "It's going to be a double album, not really quite sure the name of it. It's going to be on Sarah's label, through Nettwerk, and Sarah's going to have final approval with the other artists."

Maniatis says that McLachlan wants to include at least one track from every artist who participated in the sold-out Lilith Fair outing, including the local sidestage performers.

"Sarah wants everybody on there -- the up and coming artists and the developed artists -- that's one of the reasons they were invited to begin with. There's other record companies and managements we have to deal with, and the artists have final say."

Maniatis confirms that Lilith Fair will continue next year, but another live album to commemorate the event is unlikely. "You don't want to burn something out," he reasons. "Less is more." A documentary, shot during Lilith's two-night stand in Toronto last month, is also in the works. It will air in Canada on CBC-TV later this fall.


Lilith Fair TV special to air on CBC

By KAREN BLISS, Jam! Music

As the rain pelted last weekend's Lilith Fair stop in Toronto, fans of Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Shawn Colvin and others, weren't the only ones braving the weather 'til the end of the concert. Soggy camera crews were on hand to capture the back-to-back shows at the Molson Amphitheatre for future broadcast on the CBC.

"Each of the performers came out and did a 50-minute set, and there's just so much incredibly beautiful performance material that it's going to be tough to get it into 48 minutes for the CBC," says Carol Reynolds, of Carol Reynolds Productions, one of the executive producers of the project. (Note: Forty-eight minutes is the running time of a one-hour show, excluding commercials).

In Toronto, Reynolds' crew taped performances by Meredith Brooks, Indigo Girls, Colvin, Jewel and McLachlan, including "a couple of really special finales where they all came out and sang together."

But the crew had to go to Pittsburgh last Tuesday to nab Sheryl Crow, who had bypassed Toronto's Lilith dates. "That is part of the special as well," says Reynolds, even though the broadcast will be billed as being "from Toronto".

The program is a collaborative effort among Toronto's Carol Reynolds Productions, Martin Fischer of Nashville's Hi Five Entertainment, and Lauri Feldman. Jim Yukich, known for his work with Phil Collins, is the director.

"We were also very fortunate to use the CBC crew and facilities at the Molson Amphitheatre," says Reynolds, who plans to distribute the special worldwide.

No official air date has been set by the CBC, though this fall would seem a good bet.

Meanwhile, a separate documentary of the Lilith Fair tour -- which wraps up in Vancouver this Sunday -- is also in the works for U.S. music channel VH1. Feldman, again, is the executive producer.

The VH1 crew has been on the tour throughout the U.S., says Reynolds. "They came into Canada last weekend, then headed back to the States, Calgary and the big finale in Vancouver. They've actually been busing with the caravan of buses and getting some incredible footage," recounts Reynolds, who doesn't know at this early stage if her TV special will include interviews or backstage material.

"This is Sarah's dream to do this," says Reynolds. "A lot of people around her said it would never work, to bring together a tour like this (all-female headliners) and make it work, but it's the hottest tour of the summer in the States, and it came to Toronto and we had this incredible rainstorm Friday night and not one person left. The lawn was full, and they were there the whole evening. It was an incredible audience. And, fortunately, Saturday, we had rain during the day but not in the evening. And Pittsburgh, similarly, when we were taping Sheryl Crow, it was a torrential downpour and not one member of the audience left. It was a very loyal audience."


Mick Fleetwood Compiles Rumours Tribute Album

Mick Fleetwood is in the midst of overseeing a Rumours cover album, which will be a tribute to Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 work released probably in 1998 on Lava/ Atlantic. According to Fleetwood, the album will feature Jewel on "You Make Loving Fun," which he says is "great" and already in the can, the Cranberries on "Go Your Own Way," and Elton John on "Don't Stop." "It's an idea that came from [Rumours producer] Richard Dashut, who has produced Fleetwood Mac for many years," says Fleetwood. "He reached out to me to help him put it together and that's what I've done. I'm very excited about it. There's about five or six other bands that would be sort of misleading to give, but it's happening. It's mostly younger artists, but when Elton expressed interest in doing it, I was just so flattered. He's going to play the shit... Imagine his piano playing on 'Don't Stop.' And No Doubt, we're hoping they're going to do 'Dreams,' and we're trying to persuade Sarah McLachlan to do it because I think she's very talented." Reprise, the label that is releasing Fleetwood Mac's reunion album The Dance this Tuesday (Aug. 19), passed on releasing the Rumours tribute album. "Who knows [why]," says Fleetwood. "They might have thought it was confusing. I don't know. But Atlantic is basically the same company, and they got it."


July 5, George Lilith Fair Review

Arguably the evening's biggest attraction, Jewel took the stage in a show-stopping red evening gown and heals. Her generous, 13-song set demonstrated how far she has evolved since her best-selling debut album "Pieces of You". Once confined to a few simple chords and adolescent lyrics, she has evolved into a confident and intriguing performer. The showcase of her set, her hit "Foolish Games" is a song that lives or dies depending on the young singer's vocal phrasing her voice is now a powerful and dramatic instrument, capable of holding notes past their breaking point. Not afraid to take risks, including performing a sentimental tribute to a friend who committed suicide, Jewel also strapped on an electric guitar and ripped out a cover of 'Dancing Barefoot' that has become a highlight of her set.


Jewel named Seventeen Magazine's "Solo Artist of the Year"

The catch is that she wasn't even nominated. She won...as a write-in vote.

It's hard to imagine that Jewel--with her sweet, soothing voice and heart-shaped face--has a dark side. But the 22-year-old singer has enough grit to rival Courtney Love. She grew up in Alaska in a log cabin with no electricity or running water, camped out in a van when she couldn't pay the rent as a struggling singer and was even in a rap group called La Creme.

But it wasn't her hip-hop skills that put her in the spotlight--it was folk songs like "You Were Meant for Me" and "Who Will Save Your Soul." These singles became Top 10 hits, with a little help from MTV and VH1.

Fans anxious for her next album--out in early '98--will have to get their Jewel fix with a re-recorded version of "Foolish Games" on the Batman & Robin soundtrack this summer. As you might expect, it's a gem.

-Angie Maximo

June 1997 issue of Blockbuster Previews

JEWEL Pieces of You

Growing up in Alaska, Jewel had very few luxuries - no shower, no TV and an icy outhouse for a bathroom. But courtesy of her parents, an Alaskan singer/songwriter duo, there was always music and singing. It was in her senior year of high school that she took up the guitar and first began to write songs. She had no desire to go to college and no desire for a 9-to-5 job. So she pursued her music dream by moving to California, living in a van and playing at a San Diego coffeehouse. Jewel is considered one of the hottest singers in music today. Her debut album, Pieces of You, features the hit songs "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "You Were Meant For Me".

VH1 Pop-Up Video transcription to YWMFM

Filming started at 8 am.
Eggs were served for breakfast at the shoot.
"Jewel had a vegetarian omlet."
"Jewels are often displayed on velvet to enhance their appearance."
"Jewel's fromer boyfriend Steve Poltz of the Rugburns."
"They met while Jewel was singing in coffee houses in San Diego in 1994."
"Well-proportioned" jewels are the most valuable."
"They are also the most attractive."
"Steve wasn't meant for her - they broke up after writing this song together."
"Jewel was rumored to be dating Sean Penn in late 1995."
"Penn directed the first video for this song."
"In Sean's version Jewel watches her boyfriend make out with another woman."
"Art Director's arm" (sticking out through cloud-painted board)
"In real life Sean wed actress Robin Wright in April 1996."
"He wasn't meant for Jewel either."
"Jewel decided Penn's video 'Didn't fit the song' and amde a new video with her old boyfriend."
"Jewel's 'shedding her skin' symbolizes her growing out of a past relationship."
"Snakes shed their skin up to 8 times a year."
"The average person sheds an entire layer of skin every month."
"Jewel has said that writing songs is her therapy."
"'Jewel Therapy' involves rubbing gems over your body to boost creativity and confidence."
"The director of this video also made 'Long December' for the Counting Crows."
"Fake snow" (scene with snow falling around Jewel)
"Some jewels have a strong odor- Amber smells like cream."
"A poem by Jewel written in magic marker by a production assistant." (poem on her back)
"Writing peoms on a partner's body is considered an act of seduction in Asia."
"Jewel is not rumored to be dating the assistant."
"The average dream lasts for 20 minutes."
"Dream psychologists say that reptiles and hats often represent the 'family jewels'."
"Jewel's family is from Alaska - her grandfatehr helped draft the state constitution."
"Jewel left Alaska at 16 to study music, dance and sculpture at a school in MI."
* "One of her sculptures is still on display at the school."
"Diamonds may be forever but this Jewel has been on the charts for more than 60 weeks."
"Jewel majored in opera at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She decided opera wasn't meant for her after learning it might take her 10 years to become successful at it. Instead, she learned to play guitar and signed a record contract less than 2 years after graduating high school."

Transcription by Sinjin


Thursday March 27 8:33 AM EST

REVIEW/CABLE: Jewel Kicks Off MTV's 'Hard Rock' Special

Hard Rock Live (Sun. (30), 8-9 p.m., VH1)

By Phil Gallo

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - The new performance series from Robert Small, creator of Unplugged for MTV, begins with an engaging hour from million-selling pop-folkie Jewel.

The show has all the textures of Unplugged-- more chatting than usual, nonstop camera action of pans, zooms and dolly shots that resolve in closeups -- and adds some black-and-white backstage footage. Appeal will depend solely on the artists.

Jewel, the 21-year-old Alaska-to-San Diego transplant who began performing with her parents just out of the toddler stage, wisely uses her show to perform four songs that don't appear on her triple-platinum Atlantic debut Pieces of You. While her 10-song set confirms her young, gifted and beach-bum image -- her social, personal and spiritual reflections all connect to the oceanfront life and traveling to and from surfing sites -- she adds to her vagabond charm by yodeling with dad and dueting a cappella with mom on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

She's in good voice throughout -- performances of the hits Who Will Save Your Soul and You Were Meant for Me are full of spark -- and the camera clearly loves the doll-faced singer. Backstage chitchat with Paula Cole seems forced; onstage comments capture the giddiness of a youngster freshly acquainted with the prizes of fame.

Hard Rock Live, part of the MTV networks' newly re-emphasized music programming, has a varied lineup of double bills over the next half-dozen Sundays, among the performers are Simply Red, Shawn Colvin, Robert Palmer, Lou Reed, John Hiatt and the Lemonheads, each of whom should be able to deliver more the type of commentary or reflection that could make this program stand out.

In the first segment, Hard Rock Cafe plugs love letters from Sid Vicious, Freddie Mercury and jazz man Charlie Parker on display at various restaurants.

Performer: Jewel.

Taped in New York by Robert Small Entertainment, VH1, Hard Rock Cafe, Pontiac and Warner Bros. Pay TV, Cable & Network Features. Executive producers, Robert Small, Jim Berk, Eric Frankel; producer, Karen Ferlito; co-producer, John Schreiber; director, Linda Kahle; production and lighting designer, David Goodman; editor, Sean Fullan. no sound credit.


Bejeweled

On October 3, Taylor regional sales manager Rick Fagan performed at the Cafe Crema coffeehouse in San Diego. As he was starting his opening set, he noticed a young woman who looked vaguely familiar, although in most ways she seemed indistinguishable from the other college-age and older Gen Xers. On closer inspection, Fagan realized it was platinum selling singer-songwriter Jewel.

Apparently, no one else recognized the former San Diegan; she sat alone, undisturbed, absorbed in writing something. Fagan invited her up to sing a couple of songs, and Jewel obliged (borrowing Fagan's 612-C). Even then, some didn't know who she was. One patron approached Fagan and remarked that it must be nice to have someone open for him and "warm up the crowd."

The ubiquitous Jewel has been almost constantly in the national entertainment news since her debut album, Pieces of You, was released in 1995. She explained to Fagan that she was back in town for a rest, after a whirlwind of activity that included touring, appearances on network television, performances at major music festivals, and work on her follow-up album. As for her caffeine-fueled scribbling, Jewel said she likes to write poetry and lyrics in coffeeehouses, and has done so since her days as a struggling performer in San Diego venues. But the kicker is that Jewel finally got to perform at Cafe Crema. A couple of years earlier, during her now celebrated tenure as the favorite performer at the nearby Inner Change coffeehouse, Jewel had auditioned for a gig at Cafe Crema. The then-owner turned her down. He didn't think she was good enough.

-Wood and Steel - Winter Edition


Flea Discusses Working With Jewel

Jan. 22 [16:00 EST] -- With the Red Hot Chili Peppers still about three months away from starting work on a new album, bassist Flea has been busy with other projects. The frenetic bass player took an acting role in an upcoming Coen brothers movie, and a guest shot playing bass on the next album by Jewel.

Flea says he met Jewel five years ago in San Diego, where she was living out of her van and performing in local coffee houses. Apparently, he was feeling under the weather one day, and went out in search of a remedy.

"I was feeling really terrible, and all of a sudden I see this girl that was just so beautiful. And I was like, ah, oasis!," Flea told MTV News.

"I just went and started talking to her and we became friends, and at the time she was living in her car, and she said to me, 'Let me play you a few songs on my guitar.' And I thought oh no. Ya' know when someone says they're going to play you some songs, the first thing I think about is running in terror. But, she did it and it was just so incredibly beautiful. And, it turns out later she had a hit song and became a big star, and that's really cool."

In fact, Jewel is nominated for a Grammy award this year for best new artist. The folkster is pitted against Garbage, No Doubt, the Tony Rich Project, and Lee Ann Rimes for the award. The Grammy Awards will be distributed in New York City on February 28.


Rock Stars In Cable Battle With TCI



06:18 AM ET 01/21/97 By Ray Richmond

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Several rock stars are trying to prevent the nation's largest cable operator from dropping the VH1 cable music channel from its Denver network.

Don Henley, John Mellencamp, Jewel and Tony Rich have agreed to participate in a press conference Wednesday in Denver to help classic-rock radio station KRFX-FM protest Tele-Communications Inc.'s dumping of VH1.

The four musicians -- whose videos, performances and interviews are often heard on VH1 -- reportedly will speak out about the importance of VH1, and tell people what they can do to try to get it back on the air.

TCI, which is based in Englewood, Colo., has encountered much backlash against its recent policy of dropping established networks from its cable systems and replacing them with newer services. Last week it announced it would reinstate A&E and the Nashville Network in Houston, and MTV on its Grand Junction, Colo., system.

MTV Networks, which owns VH1, is helping pull the strings for the Denver press event and the attempts to get MTV restored on TCI systems in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Des Moines, Iowa.

MTV has sent employees to those cities, as well as all of the markets where it has been dropped, to lobby TCI for reinstatement. MTV viewers have also gotten in on the act, peppering TCI's offices with thousands of phone calls, letters and petitions.

Reuters/Variety


 

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